St Patricks Day Snorkel – Great Success

The annual St Patricks Day Snorkel around Dalkey Island was held last Saturday, all proceeds from fundraiser are being donated to the RNLI and we managed to raise over 5,500 Euro.

I would like to thank everyone who took part either by attending, donating raffle prizes, buying raffle tickets, donating to the bucket shakers and more importantly for taking part in the Snorkel.

 

Fearing that the day might be blown out or rained upon as forecast by Met Eireann, a welcomed sunny Dublin bay morning greeted us all from Coliemore Harbour. A total of 107 participants turned up on the day and from the onset there was much demand for registration and tagging of snorkelers and as the crowds waited for the offshore support to arrive, an eager bunch waited on the harbour wall, but at 9:20 the five boats approached their standoff positions around the island and the Snorkel began on time at 9:30.

Thankfully there were no incidents, and the crowds that watched over the Snorkelers cheered on the approach of the RNLI RNLB Anna Livia as she approached up the Dalkey Sound. While the crowds watched from the viewing point above the harbour, enjoying their soup and sandwiches, a steady flow of snorkelers continued to make their way around the island with the last pair entering the water just after 11.

Marlin in the water

The event was more about fundraising than the Snorkel but that didnt stop James Scallon from Irish SAC or Willie Siddall from Oceandivers getting around the Island in under 41 minutes.

Each club had a great turn out with Oceandivers leading the way with 14 members but on a percentage of club Members participating in the Snorkel, Marlin SAC was awarded the Anne Burrows Memorial perpetual trophy for 2012.

Club

Total

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19

Oceandivers

14

Marlin SAC

11

Dalkey Divers

11

Aquatec SAC

9

Trident SAC

6

True Blue SAC

6

Aquamarine

4

Atlantis SAC

4

Irish SAC

4

Curragh SAC

3

Greystones Divers

2

V.S.A.C

2

Omega

2

3 Rock T.C.

2

Kish SAC

2

Oceandivers

1

Wicklow SAC

1

National SAC

1

Emerald Diving

1

East Lothian Divers Scotland

1

LIR

1

Grand Total

107

 

The prize draw took place in the DMYC after the Snorkel and although no Marlin member managed to win a prize themselves, extra brownie points were got for the D.O. when his mother in law won a prize!

1st Prize – 42″ Samsung HD LCD TV

Aidan Daly

2nd Prize – Voucher for 2 nights B&B for Two People, Broadhaven Bay Hotel, Belmullet, Co Mayo

Olive Noonan

3rd Prize – Suunto Dive Computer from Aquaholics

Alan Jones

4th Prize – SEA QUEST PACIFICA BCD from Marlin SAC

John McClafferty

5th Prize – 100 Euro Go Sailing Voucher

Tom Gallagher

6th Prize – 150 GBP voucher for RobinHood drysuit plus bags plus “A lifetime of Diving, Submerged by Mick Moriarty”

Gearoid Murphy

7th Prize – 50 Euro Lambay diving voucher plus Robinhood Kit bag plus “A lifetime of Diving, Submerged by Mick Moriarty”

Noel Carr

8th Prize – 50 Euro Lambay diving voucher plus Snorkel bag from Aquaventures plus “A lifetime of Diving, Submerged by Mick Moriarty”

G McAdam

9th Prize – A backup torch from Viking Marine, plus a tube of Zoop and a 50 Euro voucher for Oceanaddicts

Susie Byrne

10th Prize – 50 Euro certificate for the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group which includes trip a on Charlie Haughys Yacht the Celtic Mist

Eddie Bishop

11th Prize – A bottle of brandy, Aquaventures hat and scarve, zoop and “A lifetime of Diving, Submerged by Mick Moriarty”

Sheila Luddy

12th prize – Monty Hall Great Escape Trillogy DVD, CFT Mug + tshirt

Tom McKenna

A great day was had by all, and I wish to thank everyone that made this day happen and who ensured that everything ran so smoothly, fortunately the majority of this praise must go to the family members, friends and members of Marlin SAC but then again without the help of everyone else this day would not have been such a great success, so thank you all.